Whether rain or shine, soak up the best of London’s art in this go-to guide of the top 5 exhibitions happening this spring/ summer in and around Lambeth.
Jeff Koons @ Newport Street Gallery
18 May 2017-16 October 2017- Free entry
Jeff Koons’ is considered one of the most seminal artists of the post war era. Following in the Warhol tradition, Koons’ work centres around his fascination with pop culture and the elevation of the everyday object, and explores themes such consumerism, taste and identity.
Featuring the iconic hoover sculptures and early work such as Inflatable Flowers, the exhibition spans 35 years of the artist’s work and covers the six expansive galleries at Newport street.
Amelie Von Wulffen @ Studio Voltaire
10 February- 2 April 2017
Amelie Von Wulffen’s exhibition for Studio Voltaire explores the Freudian themes of guilt and the unconscious, religion and growing up in post-war Germany, with art style referencing historical German painters along with 1970s kitsch and children’s nightmares.
Titled ‘ The Misjudged Bimpfi’- referencing an old German-language story where a human-like mushroom is shunned after being accused of crimes they did not commit- this is Von Wulffen’s first solo show in the UK , shown in the large exhibition room of the former Victorian chapel.
From Selfie to Self Expression @ Saatchi Gallery
31 March 2017-31 May 2017
From Van Gough and Frida Kahlo, Tracey Emin and George Harrison, right up to Barack Obamas selfie with the Danish Prime Minister, this exhibition traces the importance of the self-portrait , and if the modern phenomena of the ‘selfie’ is as a legitimate form of self-expression as the works of an artist.
David Hockney @ Tate Britain
March- 29 May 2017
David Hockney is one of the most celebrated British artists of the 20th century,
As the artist approaches his 80th birthday, the Tate presents a retrospective with spans his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Art in the early 1960s, to present day works, including drawings, portraits and photographs, together with his most famous paintings.
Wolfgang Tillmans @ Tate Modern
Until 11 June 2017
Wolfgang Tillmans’ was the first photographer to win the Turner Prize in 2000. Combining photography, video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music, Tillmans’ paints his picture of the world today – equally raw, desperate and joyous.
Using 2003 as his starting point- the year of the Iraq war, the moment Tillmans believes the world changed- the exhibition features portraits, landscapes and intimate still life’s, as well as abstract, immersive photography.